Bellingham office equipment firm and local photographer win national contest

A pair of Bellingham businesses recently teamed up to win a national photo contest.

Blackburn Office Equipment, using a photo taken by Jeanne McGee of The Art of Photography, won the contest, which sought creative settings for the new OM5 Series of office chairs from Office Master.

The winning photo depicts Tom Allen, sales manager of Blackburn Office Equipment, leaning back in an OM5 chair while fishing from a boat on Lake Whatcom.

“Jeanne McGee’s creativity and technical expertise were the difference among all the entries submitted for this contest,” Allen said in a May 15 press release. “The judges told us our photo was a unanimous selection.”

For the winning entry, Allen won airfare to Chicago and a hotel room during the NeoCon design exposition and conference for commercial interiors from June 11-13.

Blackburn Office Equipment, founded in 1945, is located at 203 W. Chestnut St. in downtown Bellingham.

The company specializes in office furniture and document-management equipment. It recently gained orders for 75 work stations in the new Anvil Corp. building in Bellingham and 70 work stations in a new building at the BP Cherry Point Refinery near Ferndale.

For more information about Blackburn Office Equipment, call 360-733-7660 or visit

The Art of Photography, founded in 1994, has a two-acre studio at 4493 Aldrich Road in north Bellingham.

McGee specializes in family, children, business and pet photography, and offers a fine-art line for office decor.

For more information, call 360-647-8137 or visit

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